Forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) and eco-therapy

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by Arabella Horspool |
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If you're trying to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, getting out into nature and trying forest bathing can be really therapeutic. Before you add it to your self-care routine, find out exactly what forest bathing is and how to do it.

What is forest bathing?

Shinrin-yoku is an ancient Japanese form of relaxation, known in English as 'forest bathing'. By mindfully experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells of nature (ideally a forest), you can reduce your stress levels, boost your mood, and potentially even enhance immune function.

Whether you go for a long distance walk or a quick stroll in the woods, the benefits will be vast.

Who is forest bathing suitable for?

Forest bathing is a beneficial technique for both adults and children. It's suitable for anyone looking to improve their overall wellbeing and connect with nature - it offers something for everyone.

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Forest bathing benefits

•Reduced stress levels
•Enhanced mood
•Improved mental clarity
•Boosted creativity
•Increased energy levels
•Strengthened immune system
•Deeper connection with nature

How to do forest bathing

Find a natural area - Seek out a forest, park, or any green space with trees.
Disconnect from technology - Leave your electronic devices behind or switch your phone onto airplane mode to fully immerse yourself.
Slow down - Walk slowly and mindfully, paying attention to your surroundings.
Engage your senses - Notice the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the forest.
•Find a comfortable spot: Sit or lie down in a comfortable spot and take deep breaths.
Be present - Focus on the present moment and let go of any worries or distractions
Relax and enjoy - Allow yourself to relax and enjoy the healing benefits of nature.

Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.

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